Thursday, September 29, 2016     Volume: 31, Issue: 10

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The art of politics: SLO artists tackle everything from The Donald to the local housing crisis

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The art of politics: SLO artists tackle everything from The Donald to the local housing crisis


I  want to touch it, but that sort of thing is frowned upon.  Layers and layers of thick black, red, and white paint ebb and flow to create the likeness of none other than Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. At the top of the painting are the words “Can’t Even” and below is a direct quote from the man who may or may not have smaller than average sized ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



Drought stops Laetitia housing development


Even requirements to dry farm 50 acres of grapes, fallow land, and graze cattle couldn’t save Laetitia Vineyard and Winery’s housing development. Those were 5th District ...

Board members clash at South County Sanitation District meeting


Animosity between South SLO County Sanitation District board members Jim Hill and Mary Lucey boiled over at a recent public meeting, when the two attempted to formally censure...

Plans for Atascadero footbridge draw ire, confusion


Atascadero resident Bruce Van Housen was walking through Sunken Gardens recently when he stumbled upon an architectural drawing posted outside of City Hall. It was a mock-up ...

Anonymous post details alleged rape of Cal Poly freshman


As incoming freshmen celebrated the beginning of their college experience during Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome, an anonymous post to a popular internet message board described ...

Paso wastewater fines to pay for groundwater studies


Years of wastewater pollution violations have cost the city of Paso Robles nearly $500,000, but more than half of that fine will go toward an initiative to research management...

Cash for grass: Arroyo Grande sets fees for marijuana services


If you are one of the medical marijuana delivery services hoping to operate in Arroyo Grande, you’d better be ready to fork over a different sort of green to City Hall. The...

Pipeline or bust: Legislation allocates $10 million to connect San Antonio and Nacimiento lakes, but way more is needed


The crusty sand and pebbles that ring around the reservoirs of Lake San Antonio and Lake Nacimiento don’t really paint the picture of a future water surplus, but it could ha...

Viewer Discretion: Protest it


  Cheryl Storton from Arroyo Grande expresses her opposition to the Phillips 66 rail spur project at the SLO County Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, Sept 22. PHOT...


What's next?


Every year, as the California population increases, the amount of “beach per person” in California goes down. Inversely, the value of coastal real estate goes up, especial...

Sometimes we agree


Like the words of the police inspector in Casablanca who was “shocked that gambling was occurring here” (as he collected his winnings) so too was I surprised that Profes...


Carrot farmers get no sympathy from me

By John Franks - Pismo Beach

Having just read the article regarding the plight of residents of New Cuyama (New Times, “Rooted beneath,” Sept. 22) I have to say that I have zero sympathy for carrot far...

SLO needs a proven leader

By James Papp - member , SLO Cultural Heritage Committee

The recent—and successful—struggle to save the quarter-millennium-old mission aqueduct from casual destruction by a developer’s backhoe shows why experienced leadership ...

A thought on the student-to-resident ratio

By Todd Katz - SLO

Regarding the opinion piece “It’s not just about trees” (Sept. 22), the statement that “concerned citizens are simply requesting that the CalPoly student-to-resident r...

Food in the green waste bin

By Gary Corsiglia - SLO

So I’ve been trying the food in the green waste bin program for a couple of weeks now. First week: the daily dumping of the counter top food bin into a green waste bin that ...

Campbell should be removed from the county Planning Commission

By David Broadwater - Atascadero

At a Sept. 22 public hearing, 5th District Supervisor Debbie Arnold’s appointee to (and chairman of) the SLO County Planning Commission attacked American citizens exercising...

Unwanted railway spur, how pathetic

By Hans & El-Jay Hansson - Arroyo Grande

The public has shown the SLO County Planning Commission time and time again that we do not want the Phillips 66 railway spur on the Nipomo Mesa. Hundreds of pleas from not onl...


Besties on the brink!

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, New Times recently acquired this email exchange between SLO County Board of Supervisors Debbie Arnold (District 5) and Lynn C...

Street Talk

What club(s) will you get involved in at Cal Poly?

Corina Gonzalez Trevor Stocksick Nicole Svilich Elijah Kim

Strokes and Plugs

Cuts with style: LVL Salon brings fashion industry flair to Nipomo


For many people, the relationship between a person and their hair stylist is an intimate one, especially when body image and a sharp pair of scissors are involved.  Leila Ve...


Relatable: Comedian Anjelah Johnson brings the funny out of everyday experiences


Growing up, comedian Anjelah Johnson just couldn’t sit back and have a good time at the movies.  “I would just go to the movies and I wouldn’t enjoy the movie because ...

Love, refound: SLO Little Theatre's Tuesdays with Morrie gets at the heart of life


Unless your cold, cold heart is barely beating, odds are you will cry (at least a little) during a viewing of San Luis Obispo’s Little Theatre’s Tuesdays with Morrie. But...

Dessert mission: Spend a day outside so you don't feel guilty about the part that comes after dinner


Dust and smudged fingerprints stare out at the fog from my dashboard, almost willing the moisture to dissipate. The rounded cement pillars of abandoned smokestacks are all tha...

Cuesta screens PBS series 'Art21'


While SLO has its own burgeoning art scene, it’s easy to crave more. Now, art aficionados can get their fill without leaving SLO. Starting in October, Cuesta College’s Ha...

Preview the Open Studios Art Tour on Friday Oct. 7 at Art After Dark


Getting a little antsy waiting for the upcoming Open Studios Art Tour (Oct. 8, 9, 15, and 16)? Well get a look at what’s to come a day early at Art After Dark on Oct. 7 from...

Core Dance Studio in SLO hosts workshops by Flow 40 Dance


Local dancers can pick up a new move or two on Oct. 7 through 9 from guys who can dance, the men of Flow 40 Dance from Los Angeles. Core Dance Studio in SLO will host Flow 40...

Guilty Pleasures: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation


What’s it rated? R  |  Where’s it available? Streaming on YouTube; DVD. The 1990s were an interesting time for horror films, to say the least. The 1970s and the 1980s...


The Suitcase Junket brings his raw, one-man-band blues to Bang the Drum Brewery on Sept. 30th


In his video for “Eileen,” Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket) sits in the woods behind The Amity House of Amherst, Mass., surrounded by refuse—discarded lumber, erran...


‘The Magnificent Seven’ is a solid Western that doesn’t quite live up to its forebears

Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) directs this remake written by Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto, based on the Japanese classic Seven Samurai (1954), a film that w...


Pick your own poke: Whether in burrito or bowl, this tangy raw fish from Poke Chef is a total catch


Funny how true love has a way of bringing life into full, razor-sharp focus. Will Yan had worked in Bay Area kitchens for much of his youth and early adulthood when he made th...

Hayley's Pick

Per Cazo's 2013 Albarino and Flour House's Limoncello

Legendary Paso Robles winemaker Steve Glossner had been making stunning wines for Per Cazo Winery for nearly a decade when he and his wife, Lola, purchased the winery as their...

Hot Dates

Hunger fight

Join the effort to end hunger by volunteering at SLO’s first Fight Against Hunger event, Oct. 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Central Coast Gymnastics in SLO. The event is organized ...

Harbor happening

The 35th annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival celebrates the bounty of the bay with fresh fish and other seafood for sale, live music all day, and a fireworks show, Oct. 1 from 11...

Impressive display

Printmakers from California, Oregon, and Washington will have their work displayed in a juried exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art titled Pressing Matters: Printmakin...